2012 Grammy Awards Show Reminisces with Acts from the Past

by on March 7th, 2015
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Familiar names from past music eras took the stage at the 54th Grammy Awards that aired Sunday February 12 on CBS: Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, the Beach Boys, Tony Bennett and Glen Campbell.

The Boss opened the show with the E Street Band (plus string section), returning for the McCartney finale of Beatles’ songs with six guitar players (add Dave Grohl, Joe Walsh, Brian Ray and Rusty Anderson) rocking out the wrap-up. Even current act Bruno Mars chose to perform a retro-style song from his nominated album.

And the Winner Is….

Bon Iver won Best New Artist. That was Adele’s first Grammy in 2009. This time, she added six more for her album, “21” featuring the worldwide hit singles, “Rolling in the Deep” and “Someone Like You.” Six ties her with Beyonce for most female awards in a one show. Her voice sounded as excellent as ever after her well-publicized vocal chord surgery.

Foo Fighters won five in various rock categories and Kanye West four in the rap genre. In dance and electronica, Skrillex was this year’s Lady Gaga; he took home three awards. You can find the full list of 78 winners at Grammy.com.

Tributes to Golden Oldies

Maroon 5 and Foster the People each performed classic Beach Boys’ songs to mark 50 years of that act’s distinctive California sound. Listening to the performance by remaining members of the original group was a reminder of those amazing vocal arrangements.

Alicia Keys and Bonnie Raitt paid tribute to Etta James and Jennifer Hudson gave a brilliant vocal performance with only piano accompaniment of one of Whitney’s most familiar songs, “I Will Always Love You” (written by Dolly Parton by the way).

The Band Perry and Blake Shelton sang Glen Campbell hits and Campbell himself ended the segment with “Rhinestone Cowboy.” The late Don Cornelius of “Soul Train” only received a verbal salute.

On the Personal Side

Even considering the impact of the Whitney Houston’s unexpected death, the 2012 show seemed low key compared to previous years. Lots of music, few awards and definitely lots of commercials. The Chipolte spot was a particular favorite, visually as well as for the track of Willie Nelson’s “The Scientist.”

Checking out the dresses, Katy Perry was not her usual wow, looking rather matronly in a blue gown and blue hair. Neither did Lady Gaga choose to go that outrageous. She was seated in front next to country artist Miranda Lambert. I was personally happy to see that the Civil Wars won two and the band I voted for in world music, Tinariwen, won for their album “Tassili.”

Is it okay to admit I am not into Nicki Minaj’s music? I certainly didn’t get the appeal of her Grammy performance any more than others I’ve seen and heard.

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